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Section: Questions   Category: Halacha
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Halacha - canine burial
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Our pet dog recently passed away. He was a beloved member of our family. My mother would like to cremate him, and I would like to respect her wishes. However, I am worried about cremating him because I know that Judaism does not endorse the cremation of humans.
Answer: I'm sorry to hear about the passing of your pet and I understand the dilemma you face. It's true that Judaism forbids cremation of human remains. however the primary reason for this is because it demonstrated a lack of belief in the ultimate resurrection. Since even a very loyal animal that has completely fulfilled its purpose in this world is not destined to be resurrected, there is no problem cremating it. Furthermore, cremation is considered disrespectful to the human body which was created in "G-d's image", but this reason too does not apply to man's best friend.
posted:2010-03-21 19:20:19  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Shiva
Submitted by anon  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: May one sit shiva for a relative (not one of the seven close relatives) who has no one to sit shiva for them. The relative was pre-deceased by all her close relations. She has lived with us for many years. What about kaddish?
Answer: One does not sit shiva for other, distant relatives, however Kaddish may be recited. It is customary, however that one who has both parents does not recite Kaddish, in which case the best solution is to daven before the amud as chazzan whenever possible. A true avel will always have precedence oven one davening for a more distant relative.
posted:2009-12-21 09:06:49  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Yahrtzeit and semachot
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Is it ok to go to a wedding motzaei the yahrtzeit of one's parent. Is it not a bit disrespectful to wait for it to finish to run to a simcha? Thanks
Answer: There is a difference of opinion in the Poskim if one may attend a wedding on the yahrtzeit itself after the first year. However, even the stringent opinion only forbids on the day of the yahrtzeit and not the following night.
posted:2009-11-12 03:59:46  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Nichum Aveilim
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: When one is menachem ONE avel (as opposed to two or more), should the nusach of the statement we say be changed to singular form?
Answer: Yes. One says "HaMakom y'nacheim oscha (osach for a female) b'soch shaar aveilei tzion v'Yerusholaim".
posted:2009-10-28 14:52:50  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Halachas of mourning a parent
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: My friend's birthday is on Monday.I wanted to know if halachically I can give my friend whose father was niftar this year (10 months ago) a birthday card (would it be any different if it was a group card?). Also, can I take her out for dinner for her birthday? Can 3 other friends come as well? Thank you so much.
Answer:

I'm sorry but one may not send a greeting card or present to someone who is within the year after the passing of a parent. Additionally, they would not participate in a social gathering such as a birthday party. However you certainly should let your friend know that you are thinking of them and did not forget about their momentous occasion.

posted:2009-07-19 11:44:32  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - Gift for Aveil
Submitted by Yosef  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Greetings Rav, May the parents of little girls in a Gan send an end-of-the- year gift to the Gannenet who is an Avelah for her mother (within 12 months)? Is there a way to permit giving the gift by stating that it is in return for the great job she did during the year (making it like a form of payment and not a gift)? Thanks!
Answer: The Divrei Malkiel writes that one may give mishloach manos to the Rav on Purim even when he is an aveil because it is considered paying an obligation and not a gift. Since it is generally accepted that parents are expected to give the ganenet an end of the year gift, the same Halacha would apply and it is permitted even without any explicit specification.
posted:2009-07-04 16:06:00  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - yortside in chanukah
Submitted by sam  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: Hello, My grandmother's yortside is in chanukah. i know you are not supposed to visit the kever during chanukah. is there a way to visit the kever anyway? [changing a certain aspect of the visit maybe?] and if not, what is the minhag : visiting the kever before chanukah or after? Thanks and happy chanukah, Sam
Answer:

There are different minhagim regarding visiting a kever on Channuka, if your minhag is not to go you should attend after the conclusion of Channuka.

posted:2008-12-17 13:43:36  (0) comments   email to a friend


Halacha - aveilus
Submitted by anonymous  Answered by Rav Peretz Moncharsh
Question: is it muter to send flowers for shabos to a family where one of the parents is an avel toch shloshim for his or her parent
Answer:

One may not send any gift to an avel during the 12 months for a parent or shloshim for a different relative. However, a gift may be given to the other members of the avel's household.

posted:2008-06-01 16:37:29  (0) comments   email to a friend


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